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Sandra’s Cake Mix Cookies

In by Amy, Cooking for N00bs, Dessert First, This is Why John's Fat. on September 28 at 8:51 am

Cooking time: <15 minutes | Originally enjoyed on: 9/28/2009

Cake mix cookies, yum! (This picture is from another blog, found on Google images.)

Cake mix cookies, yum! (This picture is from another blog, found on Google images.)

If you’re looking for a pick-me-up in < 15 minutes, look no further. Sandra, 205’s baking wizard, introduced us to the loveliness of Cake Mix Cookies during a late-night study session.

Combine 1 box cake mix with 2 eggs, 1/3 cup of oil (you can use 1/2 cup if you’d like), and a handful of chocolate chips.

Mix, spoon onto a cookie sheet, and bake for 10 minutes at 325 degrees. Keep watch for cookie monsters that may be lurking around.

Sandra’s Personal Cheesecakes

In by Amy, Dessert First, This is Why John's Fat. on September 14 at 7:00 am

Cooking time: ~20-25 minutes | Originally enjoyed on: 9/13/2009

Personal cheesecake with a ginger snap crust, topped with a nectarine slice.

Personal cheesecake with a ginger snap crust, topped with a nectarine slice.

Sandra’s return + rainy day = baking extravaganza!

These little beauties were whipped up by our housemate Sandra, master baker.  You can find the recipe on her blog here, or from the original site, Cooking for Engineers.

The cooking time is actually quite short, since almost all ingredients are just mixed together in one bowl. We also substituted the usual Oreo cookie/Nilla wafer crust with Trader Joe ginger snaps.

Pita Bread Personal Pizzas

In by Amy, The Everyday Foodie on September 13 at 10:16 am

Cooking time: <15 minutes | Originally enjoyed on: 9/12/2009

Pita bread topped with red peppers, sauteed mushrooms, basil, and cheese.

Pita bread topped with red peppers, sauteed mushrooms, basil, and cheese.

Have less than an hour before you have to go to class? Want to make something that requires more assembly than cooking? Have the munchies late at night? Personal pizzas to the rescue!

This easy recipe is from my friend Chuck, who assembled it as a snack for some birthday party attendees. You’ll need:

  • Pita bread
  • Olive oil and/or tomato sauce (we opted to hold the tomato sauce this time)
  • Whatever toppings you’d like on your pizza (we used mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, red peppers, and basil)

There really isn’t much to this recipe. Brush the pita bread with some olive oil — coat it, but don’t soak it. If you have toppings like mushrooms, red peppers, or onions, saute (if roasting, turn heat up to ~375 or 400 degrees) until slightly tender.

Put your toppings on your pita bread. If you have fresh herbs like basil, you might want to put this on after it’s finished baking.  Bake at 350 degrees and enjoy.

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